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SAFETY & SECURITY SYSTEMS


Alarming Situation


The experts from personal alarm systems specialist Pinpoint address the worrying statistics of attacks on healthcare workers


and discuss how personal attack alarms can help to reduce these numbers.


Thousands upon thousands of personal attacks on healthcare staff occur each year. Each one is a horrendous personal story for one or more injured and traumatised health workers. This makes for some very grim statistics.


As a welcomed result, the Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act received Royal Assent in September last year, meaning that anybody who attacks emergency workers, including NHS staff, can expect to be sentenced to a minimum of 12 months in prison, up from 6 months previously. But, of course, such sanctions can only be applied aſter a healthcare worker has suffered a potentially terrifying attack.


“Statistics show a correlation between a


rising number of assaults and staff shortages, often due to large deficits.”


Reported physical attacks on NHS staff rose by nearly 10% between 2015-16 and 2016-17. On average, there were 200 reported physical assaults on NHS staff every day in England alone. There is no unified national reporting system on staff assaults across the NHS in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland - and every trust has its own differing measurements in place. According to UNISON, that makes it difficult for the trusts to know how good or bad their situation is - as they are unable to compare like-for-like.


https://guides.hsj.co.uk/5713.guide


Statistics show a correlation between a rising number of assaults and staff shortages, oſten due to large deficits. While some attacks by patients are clearly a sign of their, oſten mental, illness, many are caused by patients taking out their


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